Judith Rodefer Yingst

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Judith Rodefer Yingst, 84, passed away on November 29th, 2020, in Omaha, Nebraska. She was born on September 11th, 1936 in Bellaire, Ohio to Howard and Dorothy (Shackelford) Rodefer.
Judy graduated from Denison University in 1958 with a degree in Mathematics, where she was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. She spent her formative years in Ohio, thereafter residing in Atlanta for 47 years, and Omaha for 7. After raising her four children, she returned to the classroom and spent 15 years teaching and tutoring high school mathematics. Judy was passionate about education, frequently preaching the benefits of a Liberal Arts curriculum. Her curiosity and awe of the world gave her a lifelong passion for reading, learning, music, and history. Every day had to start with the Wall Street Journal and discussion thereof. Newspaper clippings, thoughtfully selected and sent to her loved ones through the mail, were a lifelong constant.
Judy was a devout Presbyterian, living her faith daily through good works. For over 45 years, she was a member of Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, where she enjoyed singing and playing the hand-bells. She later sang in the choir and served as Deacon at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Omaha.
Judy enjoyed weaving, knitting, and other traditional handcrafts and was a member of the Chattahoochee Handweaver's Guild for many years. She also had a passion for camping and hiking, and had a map drawer that overflowed with memories, newspaper clippings, and photos of these adventures. She credited her early years as a Girl Scout with kindling this love of the outdoors.
She was a lifelong lover of classical music, dogs, ice cream, and the occasional glass of hooch. She enjoyed cooking and experimenting with recipes, which almost always meant using much less sugar than was called for. She loved playing cards and made sure her grandkids were well-rounded card sharks, but she continued to beat them well into 2020.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Dorothy (Shackelford) Rodefer, her brothers Richard Rodefer and Stephen Rodefer, and her grandchildren Inla Blue Yingst and Lucia Yingst.
Above everything else, Judy was passionate about her family and dedicated much time and energy to visiting and caring for them. Judy is survived by her children Gretchen (Ken) Hites and their children, Carter, Caroline, and Christopher; Andrew (Katharine) Yingst and their children, William and Allison; Sam (Angie) Yingst and their children Beatrice, Thomas, and Zachary; and John (Jennifer Denslow) Yingst, and their son, Harper.
Unfortunately, due to community health concerns, there will not be a public funeral. Friends interested in remembering Judy are encouraged to visit a local independent restaurant, when able, and to tell a fond story of your time with her. Friends interested in charitable giving in her honor are encouraged to consider the John C Campbell Folk School or Habitat for Humanity.